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1503 Human Rights Report to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Part 2

Akha 1503 Cases Part II

Incident Number:
725

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
Robbery and imprisonment of Mr. Ah Myah Cheh Muuh, Pah Luang.

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug. 10, 2002

Date of Incident:
Feb 21, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Mr. Ah Myah

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Ah Myah Cheh Muuh      

ID Card Number: 
Not available
      
Age: 47  Male x Female 

Race:
Akha  

Address: 
Loh Mah Cheh Akha Village
Gow Lang District       

Ampur (Government Office): 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Loh Mah Cheh Akha Village      

Date and place of birth:  
1955 Thailand     

Profession:
Farmer, regional headman

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Loh Mah Cheh Akha Village

Locations of Incident:      
Loh Mah Cheh Akha Village and Bpeh Lang Army 514 (TF399?)

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Family members
 

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communicatin is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Reported to army

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:
 

When and with what results:
No investigation
 
 

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On Feb 21, 2002 Army from the Gow Lang Bpeh Lang 514 unit caught a man in the village of Loh Mah Cheh with meth pills in his possesion.  His name was Law Dteh.  After the army soldiers beat him severely so that he could not walk well, they brought him back to the village while the headman was gone, undid the lock hasp on the hut door, and had Mr. Law Dteh dig up the floor of the hut.  Nothing was found but the refrigerator, beer, silver and a motorbike as well as household items were taken.

Mr. Ah Myah Cheh Mooh went to the Bpeh Lang Army people and asked that his possesions be returned.  They beat him and took him prisoner for three days until he signed a paper that they took nothing.  They gave him back his motorbike but not anything else or his ID card.

Mr. Ah Myah lives in fear for his life.
 
 
 

Attachments:
 
 

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 

Human Rights Violations
Against the Akha People
Incident Report Form

Incident Number:
726

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
Mr. Jaw Law Dteeh Lahu truck stolen by army

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug 10, 2002

Date of Incident:
June 27, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Mr. Jaw Law Dteeh Muser (Lahu)

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Jaw Law Dteeh      

ID Card Number: 
Not available
      
Age: 45  Male x Female 

Race:
Muser (Lahu)  

Address: 
Bpah Eh Muser Village above Booh Hah Akha       
Mae Salong Nai
Ampur (Government Office): 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Bpah Eh Muser or headman Mr. Yah Tooh at Hooh Gah Akha      
Date and place of birth:  
1957 Thailand     

Profession:
Farmer

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Bpah Eh Muser or in hiding

Locations of Incident:      
Bpah Eh Muser and Hooh Maw Army Camp, Haen Taek, on road to Ampur (Government Office) Mae Faluang Office.

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Mr. Yah Gooh
Mr. Jah Jay
Mr. Pah Seeh
Mr. Jah Uuh
Mr. Yah Tooh, regional headman for those villages
 

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communicatin is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Reported the incident to the Army at Hooh Maw, Som Yaek and the Ampur (Government Office) officer at Mae Faluang.

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:

When and with what results:
No action taken, threats of retaliation

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On June 27, 2002 five army vehicles with soldiers including Maj. Orachai from the Sam Yaek Army base and officers from Hooh Maw Army base in Haen Taek came into Bpah Eh Muser village at 6 AM and went into the hut of Jah Law Dteeh, one of the registered opium smokers, and caught him smoking opium.  The arrested him with a small supply of personal opium for smoking.  They then ordered everyone from their huts and began searching the huts of the entire village.  In one hut they fired off an M-16 with at least one round going through the floor of  the hut.

They took cash and gold from the huts.  They took the truck of Mr. Jah Law Dteeh, the truck of Mr. Jah Uuh, and six men down to the army base.

They showed the villagers 7 kilos of opium they "found" in the village.  The villagers asked them to show who's house they "found" it in.  The Army would not say.  

The Army took 1000 baht from Mr. Yah Gooh.  300 Baht from Mr. Jah Jay.  30,000 baht from Mr. Jah Law Dteeh. A one baht weight gold necklace was taken from Mr. Pah Seeh, value more than 10,000 baht.

The Army said that they could not afford to own the trucks without selling Methamphetamine. The villagers produced receipts for crops sold to show this was not true. 

After the Army took the six men to the army base at Hooh Maw they released all six men.

Mr. Jah Law Dteeh returned to Hooh Maw Army camp to ask for his truck back, a white Toyota, with Mr. Jah Uuh who was also trying to get his black Isuzu 4 wheel drive truck back.  While the two men were at the army base, the army said that they would not give the two trucks back. They were also already being used by the army to haul equipment.

The army said that Mr. Jah Uuh could go but that Mr. Jah Law Dteeh would stay for "detox".  Both men were quite fearful.  But then at this time other army (possibly from Bpeh Lang Army 514 at Gow Lang) brought in two Muser men from Loh Mah Ket Muser village and sat them down and shot both of them and killed them.  The army told Mr. Jah Law Dteeh and Mr. Jah Uuh that this would happen to them too if they kept asking for their trucks.  Both Mr. Jah Law Dteeh and Mr. Jah Uuh fled for their lives back to the village and hid.

Other Muser went to the Ampur (Government Office) office at Mae Faluang and told about what happened. There was no investigatin and soldiers told everyone not to talk about it.

See Reports 727, 728, 729, 730, 731
 

Attachments:
 
 

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 

Human Rights Violations
Against the Akha People
Incident Report Form

Incident Number:
727

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
Robbery of Mr. Jah Uuh's truck by army

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug. 10, 2002

Date of Incident:
June 27, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Mr. Jah Uuh

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Jah Uuh      

ID Card Number: 
Not available
      
Age: 25  Male x Female 

Race:
Muser (Lahu)  

Address: 
Bpah Eh  Muser       
Mae Salong Nai

Ampur (Government Office): 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Bpah Eh Muser or Mr. Yah Tooh at Booh Hah Akha      

Date and place of birth:  
1978 Thailand     

Profession:
Farmer

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Bpah Eh Muser or in hiding

Locations of Incident:      
Bpah Eh Muser and Hooh Maw Army camp

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Mr. Yah Gooh
Mr. Jah Jay
Mr. Pah Seeh
Mr. Jaw Law Dteeh
Mr. Yah Tooh, regional headman for those villages
 

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communication is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Reported to army, Ampur (Government Office) District officer

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:

When and with what results:
No investigation made

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On June 27, 2002 five army vehicles with soldiers including Maj. Orachai from the Sam Yaek Army base and officers from Hooh Maw Army base in Haen Taek came into Bpah Eh Muser village at 6 AM and went into the hut of Jah Law Dteeh, one of the registered opium smokers, and caught him smoking opium.  The arrested him with a small supply of personal opium for smoking.  They then ordered everyone from their huts and began searching the huts of the entire village.  In one hut they fired off an M-16 with at least one round going through the floor of  the hut.

They took cash and gold from the huts.  They took the truck of Mr. Jah Law Dteeh, the truck of Mr. Jah Uuh, and six men down to the army base.

They showed the villagers 7 kilos of opium they "found" in the village.  The villagers asked them to show who's house they "found" it in.  The Army would not say.  

The Army took 1000 baht from Mr. Yah Gooh.  300 Baht from Mr. Jah Jay.  30,000 baht from Mr. Jah Law Dteeh. A one baht weight gold necklace was taken from Mr. Pah Seeh, value more than 10,000 baht.

The Army said that they could not afford to own the trucks without selling Methamphetamine. The villagers produced receipts for crops sold to show this was not true. 

After the Army took the six men to the army base at Hooh Maw they released all six men.

Mr. Jah Law Dteeh returned to Hooh Maw Army camp to ask for his truck back, a white Toyota, with Mr. Jah Uuh who was also trying to get his black Isuzu 4 wheel drive truck back.  While the two men were at the army base, the army said that they would not give the two trucks back. They were also already being used by the army to haul equipment.

The army said that Mr. Jah Uuh could go but that Mr. Jah Law Dteeh would stay for "detox".  Both men were quite fearful.  But then at this time other army (possibly from Bpeh Lang Army 514 at Gow Lang) brought in two Muser men from Loh Mah Ket Muser village and sat them down and shot both of them and killed them.  The army told Mr. Jah Law Dteeh and Mr. Jah Uuh that this would happen to them too if they kept asking for their trucks.  Both Mr. Jah Law Dteeh and Mr. Jah Uuh fled for their lives back to the village and hid.

Other Muser went to the Ampur (Government Office) office at Mae Faluang and told about what happened. There was no investigatin and soldiers told everyone not to talk about it.

See Reports 726, 728, 729, 730, 731
 
 
 

Attachments:
 

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 

Human Rights Violations
Against the Akha People
Incident Report Form

Incident Number:
728

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
Robbery of Gold Necklace weighing one baht from Mr. Pah Seeh

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug 10, 2002

Date of Incident:
June 27, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Mr. Pah Seeh Muser

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Pah Seeh Muser      

ID Card Number: 
Not available
      
Age: 72 Male x Female 

Race:
Muser (Lahu)  

Address: 
Bpah Eh Muser Village
Mae Salong Noi
       
Ampur (Government Office): 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Bpah Eh Muser or Mr. Yah Tooh at Booh Hah Akha Village      

Date and place of birth:  
1930 Thailand     

Profession:
Retired farmer

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Bpah Eh Muser

Locations of Incident:      
Bpah Eh Muser

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Mr. Yah Gooh
Mr. Jah Jay
Mr. Jah Uuh
Mr. Jaw Law Dteeh
Mr. Yah Tooh, regional headman for those villages
 

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communicatin is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Reported to army base and Ampur (Government Office) District

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:

When and with what results:
No investigation

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On June 27, 2002 five army vehicles with soldiers including Maj. Orachai from the Sam Yaek Army base and officers from Hooh Maw Army base in Haen Taek came into Bpah Eh Muser village at 6 AM and went into the hut of Jah Law Dteeh, one of the registered opium smokers, and caught him smoking opium.  The arrested him with a small supply of personal opium for smoking.  They then ordered everyone from their huts and began searching the huts of the entire village.  In one hut they fired off an M-16 with at least one round going through the floor of  the hut.

They took cash and gold from the huts.  They took the truck of Mr. Jah Law Dteeh, the truck of Mr. Jah Uuh, and six men down to the army base.

They showed the villagers 7 kilos of opium they "found" in the village.  The villagers asked them to show who's house they "found" it in.  The Army would not say.  

The Army took 1000 baht from Mr. Yah Gooh.  300 Baht from Mr. Jah Jay.  30,000 baht from Mr. Jah Law Dteeh. A one baht weight gold necklace was taken from Mr. Pah Seeh, value more than 10,000 baht.

The Army said that they could not afford to own the trucks without selling Methamphetamine. The villagers produced receipts for crops sold to show this was not true. 

After the Army took the six men to the army base at Hooh Maw they released all six men.

Mr. Jah Law Dteeh returned to Hooh Maw Army camp to ask for his truck back, a white Toyota, with Mr. Jah Uuh who was also trying to get his black Isuzu 4 wheel drive truck back.  While the two men were at the army base, the army said that they would not give the two trucks back. They were also already being used by the army to haul equipment.

The army said that Mr. Jah Uuh could go but that Mr. Jah Law Dteeh would stay for "detox".  Both men were quite fearful.  But then at this time other army (possibly from Bpeh Lang Army 514 at Gow Lang) brought in two Muser men from Loh Mah Ket Muser village and sat them down and shot both of them and killed them.  The army told Mr. Jah Law Dteeh and Mr. Jah Uuh that this would happen to them too if they kept asking for their trucks.  Both Mr. Jah Law Dteeh and Mr. Jah Uuh fled for their lives back to the village and hid.

Other Muser went to the Ampur (Government Office) office at Mae Faluang and told about what happened. There was no investigatin and soldiers told everyone not to talk about it.

See Reports 726, 727, 729, 730, 731
 
 
 

Attachments:
 
 
 

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 

Human Rights Violations
Against the Akha People
Incident Report Form

Incident Number:
729

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
Robbery of 91,000 baht from headman Pah Luang Mr. Yah Tooh, Booh Hah Akha

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug 10, 2002

Date of Incident:
July 6, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Pah Luang Headman Mr. Yah Tooh

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Yah Tooh      

ID Card Number: 
Not available
      
Age: 45 Male x Female 

Race:
Akha  

Address: 
Booh Hah Akha Village
Mooh T 21 
Mae Salong Nai      

Ampur (Government Office): 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Booh Hah Akha at home      

Date and place of birth:  
1957 Thailand     

Profession:
Farmer and headman, Pah Luang of that area.

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Booh Hah Akha, home, if not in hiding

Locations of Incident:      
Booh Hah Akha

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Family

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communicatin is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Reported to Ampur (Government Office) and army

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:

When and with what results:
June 6, 2002, no investigation, money not returned

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On July 6, 2002, about 5 pm when Mr. Yah Tooh was returning from an incident in another village (someone shot a neighbor's pig eating in their rice or corn field) he saw a black pickup truck with 4 soldiers talking to one of the residents of his village.  He stopped to ask what was going on and the army asked him how this man could have enough money to build a block house.  Mr. Yah Tooh explained that the Akha saved from crops enough to build a house and then built it. This house cost about 50,000 baht.  He told the army that he was also saving, had 91,000 baht and when he got 100,000 baht saved he too would build.

Then the army asked him to prove it and went to his house. He had 91,000 baht plus a couple thousand baht extra.  He offered the army as a gratuity (common) the smaller cash for drinks and cigarettes to appease them but they took the 91,000 baht instead and left him the couple thousand baht.

After many trips to the army they did not return it.  They said it was drug money but Mr. Yah Tooh had receipts for cattle, pigs, corn and ginger crops sold in excess of that amount.

See cases 726, 727, 728, 730, 731
 

Attachments:
 

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 

Human Rights Violations
Against the Akha People
Incident Report Form

Incident Number:
730

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
The disappearance and presumed execution or death of Mr. Ah Tsah Say Yah Muser (Lahu)

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug 10, 2002

Date of Incident:
June 26-27, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Mr. Ah Tsah Say Yah's older brother Mr. Ah Dteeh, Obothor

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Ah Tsah Say Yah       

ID Card Number: 
8-5715-84108-78-0
      
Age: 48  Male x Female 

Race:
Muser (Lahu)  

Address: 
Loh Mah Ket Muser Village
Gow Lang District       

Ampur (Government Office): 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Wife or older brother at Loh Mah Ket Muser village.      

Date and place of birth:  
1954 Thailand     

Profession:
Rice farmer

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Presumed deceased

Locations of Incident:      
Gow Lang, Hooh Maw Army base, Haen Taek

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Mr. Leeh Cheeh Bpow Sheh Leeh
Mr. Jah Law Dteeh Muser, Bpah Eh Muser Village
Mr. Jah Uuh Muser, Bpah Eh Muser Village
 

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communication is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Family inquired with army who claimed that first they never saw the two men. Then later said the two men went to Chiangrai, got drunk, didn't come back. Was reported to Ampur (Government Office) Mae Faluang District officer.

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:

When and with what results:
Repeatedly since June 27, 2002 with no investigation being made

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On June 26, 2002 Mr. Ah Tsah Say Yah and Mr. Leeh Cheeh Bpow Sheh Leeh, both Muser men, left their village Loh Mah Ket to drive a car, purchased by a man from Burma, across the border road that used to lead to Meh Joh Akha village inside Burma which was burned six months before.  To their knowledge the vehicle, a small black pickup like car, was not stolen.  They needed money to pay workers to help finish planting their rice crop and the man offered to pay them 1500 baht each. (about $60 US) The road across the border is one of two at that location, very bad condition, would require at least two men to make sure they could keep going if they got stuck. The men figured the effort would take them one day and one night, returning the next day.

They delivered the car and then on their return the Bpeh Lang army 514 at Gow Lang caught them at Gow Lang Akha village and took them away.

They were late seen by Chinese at Hooh Maw Army base near Haen Taek.  

Mr. Jah Law Dteeh and Mr. Jah Uuh from Bpah Eh Muser, who were there at the camp to get their trucks back, claim to have seen these two men brought in blindfolded and shot in the chest with a handgun and killed.  Rumor is that they were buried near to Hooh Maw Army base in the jungle on the side of the southern hill.

As of Aug 10, 2002 the family has still not heard from these two men. The army first claimed they did not ever see them, then changed that to yes, they saw them but the men  were released and went to Chiangrai and got drunk and did not come back.

Mr. Ah Tsah has seven children.
Mr. Leeh Cheeh Bpow has three children.

Both are presumed dead.
 
 
 

Attachments:
 
 

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 

Human Rights Violations
Against the Akha People
Incident Report Form

Incident Number:
731

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
The disappearance of Mr. Leeh Cheeh Bpow Sheh Leeh Muser

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug 10, 2002

Date of Incident:
June 26-27, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Wife of Mr. Leeh Cheeh Bpow

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Leeh Cheeh Bpow Sheh Leeh      

ID Card Number: 
6-5715-50025-15-0
      
Age: 37  Male x Female 

Race:
Muser (Lahu)  

Address: 
Loh Mah Ket Muser Village       
Gow Lang District

Ampur (Government Office): 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Wife at Loh Mah Ket Muser      

Date and place of birth:  
1965 Thailand     

Profession:
Rice farmer

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Presumed deceased

Locations of Incident:      
Gow Lang Akha Village, Hooh Maw Army Base, Haen Taek

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Mr. Ah Tsah Say Yah Muser
Mr. Jah Law Dteeh Muser, Bpah Eh Muser Village
Mr. Jah Uuh Muser, Bpah Eh Muser Village

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communication is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Reported to army and Ampur (Government Office) district officer

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:

When and with what results:
Since June 27, 2002 repeatedly, no investigation

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On June 26, 2002 Mr. Ah Tsah Say Yah and Mr. Leeh Cheeh Bpow Sheh Leeh, both Muser men, left their village Loh Mah Ket to drive a car, purchased by a man from Burma, across the border road that used to lead to Meh Joh Akha village inside Burma which was burned six months before.  To their knowledge the vehicle, a small black pickup like car, was not stolen.  They needed money to pay workers to help finish planting their rice crop and the man offered to pay them 1500 baht each. (about $60 US) The road across the border is one of two at that location, very bad condition, would require at least two men to make sure they could keep going if they got stuck. The men figured the effort would take them one day and one night, returning the next day.

They delivered the car and then on their return the Bpeh Lang army 514 at Gow Lang caught them at Gow Lang Akha village and took them away.

They were late seen by Chinese at Hooh Maw Army base near Haen Taek.  

Mr. Jah Law Dteeh and Mr. Jah Uuh from Bpah Eh Muser, who were there at the camp to get their trucks back, claim to have seen these two men brought in blindfolded and shot in the chest with a handgun and killed.  Rumor is that they were buried near to Hooh Maw Army base in the jungle on the side of the southern hill.

As of Aug 10, 2002 the family has still not heard from these two men. The army first claimed they did not ever see them, then changed that to yes, they saw them but the men  were released and went to Chiangrai and got drunk and did not come back.

Mr. Ah Tsah has seven children.
Mr. Leeh Cheeh Bpow has three children.

Both are presumed dead.

See Reports 726, 727, 730
 
 

Attachments:
 

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 

Human Rights Violations
Against the Akha People
Incident Report Form

Incident Number:
732

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
The disappearance of Pooh Yai Mr. Ah Aw, Meh Maw Akha Village

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug 10, 2002

Date of Incident:
Two weeks after Feb 9, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Wife of Mr. Ah Aw

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Ah Aw      

ID Card Number: 
Not available
      
Age: 55 over Male x Female 

Race:
Not known  

Address: 
Meh Maw Akha Village
Near Pai Ah Prai Village       

Ampur (Government Office): 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Wife at Meh Maw Akha      

Date and place of birth:  
1947 Thailand     

Profession:
Minor Headman, or headman's Lt.

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Presumed dead

Locations of Incident:      
Near Bpah Cheeh Muser Village

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Bpah Cheeh Muser village residents

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communicatin is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Reported to army

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:

When and with what results:
In February, no investigation

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On Feb 9, 2002 Meh Joh Akha Village in Burma was attacked.  A channel 5 TV reporter from Maesai is married to Mr. Ah Aw's daughter and it is said that the two of them went to film the attack in the early ours of the morning.  

After return from that attack, Mr. Ah Aw was seen to be riding a motorcycle taken from Meh Joh.

Within two weeks of the attack, Mr. Ah Aw was seen riding with a Thai man on the motorbike going into Bpah Cheeh Muser village near Bpah Cheeh Akha, and he was captured by the army there.  His shirt was taken off, he was put blindfolded in an army truck and taken away, according to witnesses.

Reporters from the Bangkok Post inquired as to his where abouts and the army confirmed that "he is dead".
No explanation.

It is believed by family that he was executed by the army.
His body was never found.
 
 
 

Attachments:
 
 
 

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 

Human Rights Violations
Against the Akha People
Incident Report Form

Incident Number:
733

Brief Description of the nature of the incident:
Robbery of Mr. Yah Goh, Yah Tooh and Ah Dauh from Meh Maw Akha

Police  Army x Medical Other

Date Today:
Aug 11, 2002

Date of Incident:
July 20, 2002

Name of Person Reporting:
Mr. Yah Goh

II. Information Concerning the Alleged Victim:

Name of Individual: 
Mr. Yah Goh, Mr. Ah Tooh, Mr. Ah Dauh      

ID Card Number: 
na
      
Age:  Male  Female 
65   x
45   x
40   x

Race:
Akha  

Address: 
Meh Maw Akha Village       

Ampur: 
Mae Faluang
        
Province: 
Chiangrai
       
Country: 
Thailand       

Contact Info:  
Meh Maw Akha Village      

Date and place of birth:  
1938 Thailand    

Profession:
Mountain farmers

Present Address or Whereabouts:
Meh Maw Akha Village

Locations of Incident:      
Mr. Ah Tooh and Mr. Yah Goh's homes (adjacent to each other)
Meh Maw Akha Village

Other Persons Involved - Witnesses:
Village residents
 

III. State Concerned / Articles Violated / Domestic Remedies

Name of the State party (country) against which the communicatin is directed:
Thailand

Steps taken by or on behalf of the alleged victim(s) to exhaust domestic remedies:
Reported to Army and Ampur

Recourse to the courts or other public authorities:
Same as above

When and with what results:
Month of July and August and September
Money not returned from the army

IV. Facts of the claim:
Detailed description of the facts of the alleged violation or violations (including relevant dates)
On July 20 th at Meh Maw village Mr. Ah Dauh went to work in the fields and left his wallet at Mr. Yah Goh's house with 45,000 baht in it.  While he was away three army soldiers from Meh Maw Army base some 300 meters from the village, came to the adjacent house of Mr. Ah Tooh and asked for money, he did not have any so they drug him next door to Mr. Yah Goh's hut and left him on the ground outside.  They went inside and Mr. Yah Goh was sleeping and had a fever.  He woke up with the soldiers searching through his hut and they found both his wallet and Mr. Ah Dauh's wallet. They took both wallets.  Mr. Yah Goh lost more than 32,000 baht and Mr. Ah Dauh lost 45,000 baht. The men had saved the money for over two years from selling ginger crops. As a result of the hardship that this imposed Mr. Ah Dauh and his wife immediately split up over the incident.

Attatchments:

Author's Signature:__________________________________________________
 
 
 

Part II
Here is VERY basic information on 26 more cases.  I have very specific information on each one of these if needed, plus some photos.

1. Mr. Ah Kurh Wurh Churh, Akha Man, 40 years. Feb 2003 Doi Chang, Chiangrai.
False arrest.  7 months imprisonment, no charge.  Released. Police.
 
2. Mr. Yah Pooh, Lahu Man, 33 years.  Mae Kah Noi, Chiangrai    28 Oct 2003
Shot three times through the back, deprived of medical care for one hour. Died. Army case.
 
3. Mr. Leeh Huuh. Akha Man. 40 years. July 2003 Joh Hoh Akha Phrao, Chiangmai
Ambushed by police.  Shot many times. Died.
 
4. Mr. Loh Pah. Akha man.  32. July 2003 Joh Hoh Akha, Phrao, Chiangmai
Ambushed. Shot many times by police, died.  
 
5. Mr. Ah Yeh. Akha man.  35.  Joh Hoh Akha, Phrao, Chiangmai. July 2003
Shot in home, police implicated. Died.
 
6. Mr. Ah Yeh, Akha Man.  40, Feb. 2003, Phrao, Chiangmai.
Ambushed by police/forestry.  Shot in head and back, died instantly in truck.
 
7.  Ms. Ah Yeh, Akha Woman, wife of #6.  Shot 6 times in chest, left for dead.  Feb. 2003
Phrao, Chiangmai.
 
8. Mr. Ah Zeh, Akha man, 21 years.  Feb. 2003
Loh Sah village, Phrao, Chiangmai.
Shot in face and back by police, died.
 
9. Mr. Eh Dturh, Lahu Man, 43, Feb 2003
Phrao, Chiangmai.  Chased by police, shot and killed, thrown off a cliff.  Not found for three days.
 
10.  Head Man Hua Mae Kom village, Lisu Male, 37 Ampur Mae Faluang, Chiangrai.  April 2003
Ambushed. Shot. Killed.
Police.
 
11. Lt. Head Man Hua Mae Kom village, Lisu male, 50, Ampur Mae Fahluang, Chiangrai.
April 2003. Ambushed by police, shot, killed. 
 
12. Second Head man, Hua Mae Kom Village, Lisu Male, 40.  Ampur Mae Fahluang, Chiangrai, ambushed by police, shot, killed. April 2003
 
13.  Second Head Man Lt., Hua Mae Kom Village, Ampur Mae Fahluang, 30.  April 2003.
Ambushed by police, shot, killed.
 
14.  Mr. Boon Mah Sae Pahn, Yao Male.  29. Chiangrai. Shot by police, killed. March 2003
 
15. Mr. Geh Dteeh Sap Sak See Chompoo, Yao Male, 44, Chiangrai, March 2003. Shot by police, killed.
 
16. Mr. Gow gkway Sai Tuin, Yao Male, 44, Chiangrai, March 2003. Shot by police, killed.
 
17.  Mr. Nai Sahn Sai Tuin, Yao Male, 29, Chiangrai, March 2003, Shot by police, killed.
 
18. Mr. Ooh Gkway Sai Tuin, Yao Male, 29, Chiangrai, March 2003, Shot by police, killed.
 
19. Yao Man, same ambush, Chiangrai, March 2003, shot by police, killed.
 
20. Mr. Ah Buuh Cheh Muuh, Akha, 35, Feb 2003.  Ah Churh Akha, Chiangrai, Ambushed, shot while sleeping, died. Police
 
21.  Mrs. Meeh Nay Cheh Muuh, Akha, wife of Mr. Ah Buuh.  32. shot while sleeping in police ambush. Survived. Police Feb 2003
 
22. Mr. Ah Bah, Akha, 45 yr.  Gowland, Chiangrai, Shot 3 times while sitting in front of house, died. Police or Army. March 2003
 
23.  Mrs. Booh Saw. Bpah Cheeh Akha village. 45 years.  Nov. 2002
False drug arrest, imprisoned.  Remains in prison.
 
24.  Mr. Ah Turh, Akha, 35, Pah Nmm Village, Mae Faluang, Chiangrai. Aug 2003
Beaten. Army
 
25. Mr. Ah Nay, Akha, 40, Soi Yah Akha, Mae Fahluang, Chiangrai, Aug 2003
Beaten, Army.
 
26. Mr. Law Urh, Akha, 37, Aug 2003, Hua Mae Kom Village. Ampur Mae Fah Luang, beaten, tortured by army, released.  Bruises and injuries to face, ribs, skin missing from wrists and ankles, left hanging for days in a tree.  Abused 10 days.


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